Nothing That’s Worth It Comes Easy with Erika Hammond

UPDATED: February 1, 2024
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2023
Nothing That’s Worth It Comes Easy with Erika Hammond

“In your business life, in your workouts, in your relationships, nothing is ever easy, and there’s always going to be hardships… I think tapping into [your] inner power and saying ‘I can do this. I can conquer these things’—that’s how you’re going to overcome that,” says Erika Hammond in this episode of Brilliant Thoughts. While her career has been full of tough moments and challenges—from leaving WWE to starting from the bottom in her new career to learning how to build a business—Hammond has continued to conquer them all

Getting into WWE wasn’t one of her plans—in fact, she was only supposed to be a host. But during the two-week audition, her athleticism earned her a spot as one of the wrestlers. Though she left two years later, her journey in fitness continued. While she was starting over on the ground floor of her new career, it gave her the chance to do something she had always loved: boxing. And her career only continued to evolve from there.

Today, Hammond is the creator of her own workout program, Knockout, which she built in partnership with Equinox. The idea started during COVID-19 when she did free Instagram Live workouts, and her online platform developed from there. Knockout and STRONG by Erika Hammond are the first businesses she’s created entirely on her own, and while they’ve presented their difficulties, they’ve also given her the opportunity to do what she’s always wanted—help people become a more powerful version of themselves.

Hammond and host Tristan Ahumada discuss the story of her career, the importance of networking and deciding which opportunities you’d like to chase, and where she’s looking to go in the future. 


Erika Hammond, previously a WWE Diva turned founding trainer of Rumble Boxing, one of the world’s leading group fitness studios, has become a household name in the health and wellness space. Find her on Instagram @erikaannhammond or at, and discover Knockout on Equinox’s website.

Brilliant Thoughts is no longer releasing new episodes on the SUCCESS Podcast Network, but you can still listen to the full conversation below.

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Tristan Ahumada is the People Editor for SUCCESS, operates Lab Coat Agents as its CEO, consults Fortune 500 companies, runs a successful Real Estate team in California, expansion teams in the U.S. (in different brokerages), owner in one Brokerage, currently sits on different boards for tech companies, and is also an international speaker. His love for technology and systems pushes him to test and use the latest products for growth for all businesses around the world including Real Estate Agents/Brokers. Tristan is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife and two kids.